New York Press
Like Shaking Hands with God: A Conversation about Writingby Kurt Vonnegut, Lee Stringer
Like Shaking Hands with God details a collaborative journey on the art of writing undertaken by two distinguished writers separated by age, race, upbringing, and education, but sharing common goals and aspirations. Rarely have two writers spoken so candidly about the intersection where the lives they live meet the art they practice. That these two writers happen to be Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer makes this a historic and joyous occasion.
The setting was a bookstore in New York City, the date Thursday, October 1, 1998. Before a crowd of several hundred, Vonnegut and Stringer took up the challenge of writing books that would make a difference and the concomitant challenge of living from day to day. As Vonnegut said afterward, ""It was a magical evening.""
A book for anyone interested in why the simple act of writing things down can be more important than the amount of memory in our computers.
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Meet the Author
KURT VONNEGUT was among the few grandmasters of twentieth-century American letters, one without whom the very term American literature would mean much less than it does now. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 11, 1922, and died on April 11, 2007, in New York City.
LEE STRINGER's journey from childhood homelessness in the ’60s, to adult homelessness in the ’80s, to his present career as a writer and lecturer, as told in Sleepaway School and Grand Central Winter, is one of the great odysseys of contemporary American life and letters. Stringer, the only board member of Project Renewal who is also a former patient of the facility, has demonstrated that writers are made, not born. He is the two-time recipient of the Washington Irving Award and, in 2005, a Lannan Foundation Residency. He is a former editor and columnist of Street News. His essays and articles have appeared in a variety of other publications, including The Nation, The New York Times, and Newsday. He lives in Mamaroneck, New York, where he also serves on the board of the Mamaroneck Public Libraries.
- Date of Birth:
- November 11, 1922
- Date of Death:
- April 11, 2007
- Place of Birth:
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Place of Death:
- New York, New York
- Cornell University, 1940-42; Carnegie-Mellon University, 1943; University of Chicago, 1945-47; M.A., 1971
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If you undrstand that there is no clear cut answer to writing a good story, then you will find this book helpful. The help is in their difficulty to describe the writing process. It's what you read between the lines of their conversation, not so much what they actually say. Writing comes from you and no one is perfect, so don't expect your first draft to be. Just write!
I enjoy hearing professionals discussing what they do because, while a few will be obnoxious and pretentious about it, many will be really insightful. This was an interesting book about the process of creating a novel. I only wish it were longer so they could expand on some of their thoughts.